Imagine baking and building a 1.5 ton gingerbread village—then imagine doing it in a tiny New York City apartment kitchen.

As nightmarish as it sounds, Jon Lovitch, creator of the record-holding gingerbread display, made it happen. Last week, his gingerbread village was named by Guinness World Records as the largest edible gingerbread exhibit in the world. With 164 structures held together by 2,240 pounds of icing, the village, dubbed “Gingerbread Lane,” is now on display at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. The gingerbread city includes a carousel, ice rink, firehouse, and an underground subway station.

As impressive as the gingerbread village appears upon first glance, it seems even more impressive when you learn how Lovitch went about constructing the village. Beginning in February, Lovitch would work on the display nightly after getting back from his day job as the executive sous chef at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. One pan at a time, Lovitch baked 500 lbs of gingerbread dough and constructed the village in a spare room of his apartment. He then had to drive sections of the village from his apartment in the South Bronx to the Hall of Science in Queens, where it’s currently on display. But Lovitch says the whole painstaking process is worth it, because he does it for the kids.

Click through the gallery to admire the gingerbread village, which is on display at the NY Hall of Science now through January 12th. 

[via NY Times]